Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Paws of Love!

Just popping in today to share with you an adorable Christmas card for the Cat lover on your Christmas Card list! This image from High Hopes Stamps is called "Naughty Kitty". I think he's just started his shenanigans, I wonder what it will look like after he unwinds the whole roll. Of course he's not all to blame, he has his little bird friend encouraging him on the side LOL.
I made a split panel card today. This is my first attempt at this type of card. I was inspired by a video by Jennifer McGuire (Click Here). Now mine didn't turn out as nice as hers, I don't think I left my window big enough but I still was happy with how it turned out. I added a die cut Poinsettia and some glitter using stickles.
Here you can kind of see the split in the card. "Naughty Kitty" keeps the upper and lower panels together.

On my decorated inside I used the High Hopes sentiment called "Paws of Love".
Copics Used:
Kitty: C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C6, C8, R01
Reds: R24, R27, E29
Ribbon Spool: YG17, YG23, YG25/ E43, E44

Thanks for stopping by and.....
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Santa is coming!

Welcome Back!
So happy that you stopped by! Today I am sharing a "Tunnel card" using the "Secret Santa" set from My Favourite Things (MFT).  I'm working my way through my stamps that I've been hoarding LOL. I bought this set last year and finally created with it! Let me say..... "Secret Santa" is absolutely one of the most adorable set of stamps and sentiments!
I was intrigued by the Photoplay "Tunnel Card" pre-cut value pack. All the pieces come cut with simple instructions, you just use your favourite nested dies to create the "windows". What I like about tunnel cards is that they lay flat but when you open them up you get a sort of "pop up" scene!
I stamped and coloured the images I wanted to use from the set and then fussy cut them with my Brother Cut N Scan. There is a matching set of dies if you don't have a cutting machine.
I popped up some of the images to create a dimensional look. I added sparkly enamel dots to the Christmas ornaments. The paper I used is from the Echo Park "My Favourite Christmas" 6x6 collection.
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E21, E22, R20
Hair: YR21, YR24, YR27/ E43, E44, E47, E49
Santa's Beard: N1, N3
Santa's sack: E30, E31, E33
Girl's Dress: RV000, RV02
Reds: R24, R27, R29
Greens: YG61, YG63, YG67
Blacks: N1, N3, N5, N6, N8

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Distress Ink Watercoloring!

I was inspired by a tutorial from Jennifer McGuire on "Effortless Watercoloring". Jennifer gives such easy and straight forward tutorials on how to create beautiful cards! You can watch her video here. The stamp I used is from Picket Fence Studios and is called "Christmas Poinsettia Star".
I started by stamping the image on some watercolour paper with embossing ink and then embossed the image with embossing powder. After heat setting the powders, I went ahead and and used 2 different ways to create these beautiful Poinsettia cards.
On this card I heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then painted the flower and leaves with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Lucky Clover, Orange Marmalade and water. I stamped a second image and embossed it as well. I sprayed my watercolored images with glitter spray and set them aside to dry. Once they were dry, I hand cut out the image and glued it to some gold glitter paper. Then I cut just the inside part of the flower from my 2nd image and popped it up on the main image for some dimension. I added the "Be Merry" die cut that I cut out 4 times and glued together so it also had dimension. Then a few glitter gold gems finished off the design.
On this card I used Jennifers tutorial. I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder. Using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries and Fired Brick, I added the ink directly to the image using the ink pad in layers and then added a ton of water with my water sprayer. The water reacts with the ink and gives you the easy watercolor look. You have to be patient and let the inks dry on their own to achieve the effect.  I added white sequins to the middle of the Poinsettia for a classic look.
This card uses the same technique as above. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers to create this colour combination. I hand cut out the image and added it to an embossed background I created with a Polkadot Embossing Folder. The "Season's Greetings" die is also cut out 4 times and glued together for dimension. Some clear droplet beads were added for a fun look and I love how the colour shows through from behind them.

I love the look of these techniques and can't wait to try it again. It makes you look at your stamps in a totally different way. Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Hello HH Fans!
I'm popping in today to share with you another image from the High Hopes Christmas Release 2! This is the adorable "Nordic Snowman With Bird" and can I just say I am in love with this image!!! High Hopes has released 12 more images, 2 trees and 2 background stamps! The cool thing is that the 7 of the images are sized to fit into the Birch Tree and Snow Globe background stamps! How cool right.... they can be used on their own or in the backgrounds!
I decided to colour 2 of the "Nordic Snowman With Bird" just because I love this image so much. I coloured one that could be a girl and one in colours that could be male. Although they are the same stamp they look different when coloured uniquely.
I matched this Snowman to papers from the Recollections "Mistletoe Wishes" 6x6 (Michaels). I stamped and cut out the image with dies called "Double Roped Ovals" from Gina Marie. I also used a Stitched Banner die for my HH sentiment "Happy Holidays 2", and a longer one for one of my paper layers. The Snowman's pom pops have Stickles and I heat embossed some "Stampendous Spoonful of Snow" on the bottom to mimic snow.
For this cutie I coloured her to match papers from the Sizzix "Sweet Christmas" 12x6 collection. I added the same Stickles and Spoonful of snow as above. You can't really tell but the sky is coloured lightly around her and I added Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to look like falling snowflakes. Trust me looks cute in person, they just don't show up for the camera.
Copics Used:
Snowman: C00, C0, C01, YR04, YR07, E25, E27
Pinks: RV17, RV19, RV25, R81, R83
Blue Greens: BG000, BG11, BG32, BG13, BG15/ BG70, BG72,  BG75
Reds: R24, R27, R29
Blue: R35, R37, R39
Y38, E23, G24, G28

Head on over to the High Hopes Website and see all the new Christmas 2019 (2) releases. And if you want inspiration head on over to the High Hopes Blog where we post samples everyday!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Be Merry!

Happy Sunday!
Now seriously how cute is this stamp! I love the little mice peeking out from the Christmas wreath. This is the adorable stamp set called "Sending Joy" from Your Next Stamp!
I always start my card making by first picking my image. Then I choose what papers I would like to use and colour the image to match. For my card today I used papers from the Photoplay Holiday Cheer 6x6 collection. My card design is simple yet effective to showcase the "Sending Joy" image. I fussy cut my image using my Brother Cut N Scan machine and popped the image up with some foam squares. I added some Stickles to the little berries, Santa hat and a few enamel dots to finish off my card.
The "Sending Joy" image comes with 2 sentiments so I used one on the outside and one on my decorated inside.
Copics Used:
Mice: T1, T3, T5/ E31, E33, E34, E35/ R01, R02
Hat & Bow: R35, R37, R39
Poinsettia & Berries: R37, R59, R89, Y17
Greens: YG23, YG25, YG61, YG63, YG67

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have an amazing day and....
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Turn That Frown!

I don't know about you but this image from Gerda Steiner Designs just makes me smile! How fun is this image called "Upside Down Flamingo"? The sentiments that come in the set are just perfect for this adorable Flamingo!
I stamped and coloured "Upside Down Flamingo" with my Copic Markers. Each one is coloured a bit differently for a set of fun cards. My paper choices are different on each card. I used 6x6 collections from:
Doodlebug "Fun in the Sun" 
Echo Park "Best Summer Ever"
Echo Park "Summer Fun"
Each Flamingo is popped up with some foam tape for added dimension. Some added twine and enamel dots finish these cuties off.
On the decorated insides, I used the sentiment that was different from the one on the front.
Copics Used:
Upper Left Flaming: RV04, RV06, RV09
Upper Right Flamingo: FR01, RV04, RV06
Middle Flamingo: R20, E21, R22
Legs and beaks: YR21, YR23, N8

Remember we all smile in the same language! Have a happy day!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Christmas 2019 "Two" Release!

Exciting News!
Today  marks the day of another Christmas 2019 Release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps! This release is really cool as some of the images are made to fit into 2 background stamps. How cool is that!! I am using the "Raccoon Gift" and "Birch Tree Background" on my card today!
I created this Window card using cardstock cut at 12x6" and then scored each end of the card at 3". Once folded I centered a Spellbinders "Labels 40" die and proceeded to cut out a window. I then traced the outside of the die onto my Design paper and hand cut it out to make a layered front. A few enamel dots in the corner finish off the front of the card.
I created a band out of matching papers from the Echo Park "Tis The Season" 6x6 collection. I added die cuts from some scalloped circles and trees I had on hand in my stash of metal dies. It helps perfectly to keep the card closed and adds a fun element to my card.
I stamped the "Birch Tree Background" first and then added the "Merry Wishes" sentiment and "Raccoon Gift" image. My MISTI sure was my friend for this card!
Here's a closeup of the die cuts and ribbon that make up the adorable band.
Copics Used:
Raccoon: N1, N2, n3, N5, N6, N8, R01, R02
Scarf: R24, R27, R29
Present: R37, R59, R89/ YG93, YG95, YG97
 Birch Trees: W00, W0, W1
Snow: C00, C0, C1, C2, C4
Sky: B0000, B000, B00

Make sure you head over to the High Hopes Blog or High Hopes Facebook Page to see all the inspiration from the Design Team using the New images!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Happy Tuesday!
I'm so glad you stopped by today to see this adorable card using the High Hopes Stamps "Santa in Chimney". Santa images always make me smile as they bring up warm memories of Christmas when my girls were little and still believed in Santa. There is nothing better than seeing a child's excited face Christmas morning when they race downstairs to see what Santa left them.
To start I stamped my image with Copic friendly ink and then using my Copic Sketch markers coloured "Santa in Chimney" in. I recently got this die (Kopplade Ringar) from Magnolia-licious when they were clearing out items and decided to play with it today. I cut it out twice with green cardstock and then glued those together. Using a circle die I cut out a circle for Santa to peek through. Then I placed the rings onto my card and positioned one of the larger circles over Santa so that he is peeking through. I cut different patterns with the die from the Echo Park Story of Christmas 6x6 collection and glued them into the circle parts of the die.
Here you can see how Santa is on the inside of the card which lets him peek through when the card is closed. My sentiment is also from High Hopes and is called "Scripty Merry Christmas". The sentiment is from the new "Christmas 2019 Release". Check out the release for more adorable images and sentiments!
I found this cool wooden embellishment and using my Copic's, coloured it to match the card colours. Santa has some Stickles on his fur trim for a fun look! Lots of red sequins finish off my design!
Here's the inside where you can see Santa trying to get down the chimney. 
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Beard: C1, C2, C3, C4
Santa's outfit: R37, R59, R89/ C5, C6, C8, Y26
Santa's sack: E50, E51, E53, R37, R59
Chimney: E08, E95, E97, E99

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Dog House Cubbies!

 Since I left the Art Impressions Design Team, it's been so long since I inked up one of their images. I have to admit, I sure have missed colouring up some Ai fun! I picked up a few of their new images and got busy colouring! This is the Art Impressions super fun and interactive stamp set called "Dog House Cubbies". The set comes with all the images, some sentiments and the dies to cut everything out.
I inked up the stamp set and set abut colouring it with my Copic Markers. Then using the dies included in the set, cut everything out. Now all I had to do was decide which dogs to add where. There are so many possibilities as to how to display them! My paper today is from the Honey Bee "Great Outdoors" 6x6 collection.
I love that the dies cut out little doors so you can have a few dogs peeking out when you open the doors! Absolutely adorable!! I added some twine and a cute dog bone embellishment to finish off my card.
I popped the house up with some foam tape, and here you can see the added dimension it gives to my card.
Here's the decorated inside using one of the sentiments that comes with the set!
Copics Used:
BG13, BG15, BG18, BG32, BG34
G94, G99, Y26, Y28, YR65, YR68
W1, W3, W5
C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
E31, R33, E35, E37

Stay tuned for more cards with Art Impressions!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sleigh Ride from Santa!

I haven't made a side step card in forever! When I saw this adorable image called "Reindeer Games" from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, I knew it would be perfect for a step card! Way to go Rudolph....finally Santa is pulling you for a change!
I used my Silhouette to cut out the card base and layers from an SVG file. Super easy as you don't have to think LOL, it's all done and cut for you. Just fold the card and glue on the papers and voila it's done!
I created a cute little scene for Santa to pull Rudolph on. The Birch Trees with cardinals is from Impression Obsession and the other trees on the "steps" are a Magnolia Doohickey Christmas Tree die. I added some Stampendous "Spoonful of Snow" to the trees and bottom of my coloured image. A bit of Crystal Stickles on Santa's fur added to the glitter on this card. The sentiment is from High Hopes and is called "Bold Merry Christmas".

I popped up the image and trees with some foam tape for a bit of added dimension. My paper today is from The Paper Studios Woodland Wonderland 6x6 collection. (I got it at Hobby Lobby).
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E21, E11, R29
Hair & Beard: C1, C3, C4
Santa's Boots: C5, C6, C8
Reds: R35, R37, R39
Reindeer: E33, E35, E37, R01, W1, W3, W5
Sleigh: E43, E44, E47, E49, Silver wink

For more inspiration using High Hopes Stamps visit out Facebook Group or the Blog! The Design Team always posts such adorable creations!
Happy Stamping!